Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Drop Dead Notice from Poisoned Pen

New experience: being turned down directly by a publisher (Poisoned Pen Press) instead of an agent.

Doesn't feel any better.


  1. :( What's the next plan? Will you submit to more small presses? Do you have a list ready?

  2. Yeah, that's the plan. I have an (uninvestigated) list. But I find it difficult to whip up the necessary enthusiasm/energy to check them out. After awhile, the tsunami of rejections does begin to take its toll. Perhaps if the rest of my life were going well...but the rest of my life is in turmoil, too.

  3. Sucks. But I'm glad you've got other small presses on your list! That kind of research (whether on agents, presses, or whatever) is the worst (at least, I hate it more than virtually any other part of this whole "process") but keeping those feelers out is critical.

  4. I'm very sorry to hear this. It's a tough road. It's also the reason you have to write another book. Very often it's not the first book that sells but the second or the third. And later the first sells.

  5. Proves man's inhumanity to man better than the greatest work of fiction ever written.

  6. Man's inhumanity to man is not what this is about.
    It's an art form and a business. A very tough, brutal business.
    I'm not making light of Travener's feelings at all. I understand them very well.
    But a writer knows that not submitting, not writing will get you no closer to your goal.